Breaking in my lovely new pipe I got here (http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/genera...ml#post3854406) with some Stonehaven.
First full bowl of Dunhill Flake in the 30s Ropp's Make Straight Billiard I recently restored. The pipe is now free of the taint of the horrid French tobacco that it tasted of in the first few part bowls. Dunhill down to the heel. Sherlock Holmes might have approved of that rough Tabac Gris, but I do not. (Well maybe very occasionally for "educational purposes"...)
I'll let it rest and have an S-M Barling's Make Lovat of Germain's Rich Dark Flake. Can't get enough of this fine VaBur.
My first bowl of Peterson's Irish Flake -- thanks to ProbateGeek -- in an Alligator Saveinelli. Very nice --great flavor. Not 1792 Flake -- but a very good smoke. Ah -- Life is Good!
Another reason I prefer pipes to cigars: my own indecisiveness. I have between me and the keyboard a pipe, loaded with Opening Night, that has even had a charring light already. But I'm putting it in the rack to smoke something else. And I'll still be able to enjoy this bowl later!
What's the something else? Well, after reading the post above mine, I've decided. It's time to pop that Irish Flake cherry!
I've not smoked any other pipe for about 2 weeks while I give the meer an extended workout (or I'm in a lazy spell and refuse to clean any of my other pipes - your choice). So, I've loaded the meer with 3/4 of 1792 and a little RY topping to get the ball rolling. I'm off to do some Friday night grocery shopping - oh, yeah - living a life of intrigue and excitement...
Stokkebye Twist Flake in my Irish Seconds pipe!
Mark -- you bring up an excellent point about pipes vs cigars. Cigars are never the same relit -- but a pipe -- the taste, flavor and enjoyment patienty wait until we find the proper moment. I love cigars -- don't get me wrong -- but for me there are times I just don't feel like dealing with the ash. At those times -- the pipe comes through with the enjoyment I desire at that moment.
Enjoy the Irish Flake. I know I'll be ordering some soon. It has to be one of life's greatest pleasures.
A bowl of Germain's Rich Dark Flake early in the afternoon, but the bulk of the afternoon and evening has been "English". Dunhill Standard Mixture in a Myon Royale Straight Bulldog. I'm finding that I am enjoying this style more and more. Funny as I absolutley hated Standard Mixture when I first tried it 30 odd years ago. My taste buds must have died off to just the right degree. I'm sure it can't be a more developed and mature palate...
McConnell Scottish Cake in the Dunhill
Enjoying a bit of Dunbar in a newly cleaned Savinelli Laguna, which reminds me of the importance of deep cleaning my regulars a bit more often as the flavors can easily get mottled in a pipe that's somewhat dirty, but well taken care of and therefore ruining the smoke and my perception of a quality tobacco.
Germain's Rich Dark Flake in an S-M Barling's Make Lovat this afternoon. No time for smoking this morning.
This evening, I think I'll go with Louisiana Flake in my ancient Barling.
(For a collector of Ropp pipes, it seems I smoke most of my tobacco from "foreign" pipes. Currently, only the ropes get smoked in what should be my preferred tools.)
Samuel Gawith Navy Flake in my Boswell Partially Rusticated Bent